Halle Berry Crusades to Stop Domestic Violence
October 3, 2005

She's beautiful, talented and very successful; yes, it seems like Halle Berry has everything. But, even with all the good, the Oscar winner has experienced plenty of heartache, and she's opening up exclusively to "Extra" about her personal pain.

"Domestic violence is something I've known about since I was a child," Berry revealed. "My mother was a victim of it. Early on in my life I made choices, and I chose men that were abusive because that was what I knew growing up."

Berry survived the abuse, and through therapy, she learned what to do when a relationship turns violent. "First time it happened, I knew enough to keep moving," Berry said.

Now, the actress is leading a courageous campaign to help other battered women. "I want my message to tell these young children, these young women that you don't have to accept this kind of behavior," Berry said. "We deserve better."

Only "Extra" was with Berry at the Jenesse Center's Silver Rose Awards, where the domestic violence intervention organization honored Berry's publicist, Karen Samfilippo, for her humanitarian work.

"I told her today, 'I'm your publicist,'" Berry said. "So I said, 'Who are you wearing? Who did your shoes? So I can remind you when they ask you.'"

Meanwhile, Berry is also taking on another battle, fighting to expand her role in the upcoming "X-Men 3." "I wanted Storm to do more than stand there and be mute," Berry laughed. "The fans would see me on the street and say, 'You know, how lame are you? You don't even fly in the movie!' So this time I said, 'I would love to come back but -- and I'm really not being snobby about it -- but I want to come work. I want to earn my money!'"

After "X-Men," Berry will team up with "Die Hard" star Bruce Willis in a suspense thriller about Internet chat rooms. "It's about everybody having secrets," Berry explained.

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